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Hydroponics for food security in the North

This article was originally shared on the McConnell Foundation blog and has been re-posted with the Foundation's and authors' permission. By Elvira Truglia As the northern ice breaks this summer, two retrofitted shipping containers are arriving in Iqaluit, where they will be repurposed as vessels for growing plants in water. The hydroponics project, called The Growcer,...
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Changemaker profile: The Speakers Bureau – Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

Header image from Axle Studios,  Last spring we interviewed Jennifer Chivers and Naseem Saeed Sherwani from the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction about the work of the Roundtable’s Speakers Bureau and their efforts to build inclusive communities. Our interview happened during the last day of activities of the 2017 Vibrant Communities Canada - Cities Reducing...
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Sneak peek: Montreal’s neighbourhood roundtables

This June we will have the opportunity to meet with some of Montreal’s neighbourhood roundtables! Find out more about the work of some of these changemaking organizations:  Vivre Saint-Michel en santé Vivre Saint-Michel en santé (VSMS) is a coalition of community organizations, citizens and institutions committed to fight against poverty and social exclusion. Their areas...
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Cities as a commons: Sharing vision, resources and power

by Alex Gillis Uber, Airbnb and other sharing enterprises allow people to buy rides, rent homes and hire people for everyday chores, but are those initiatives really about sharing? “They are full of the steroid of venture capital,” explained Julian Agyeman, co-author of the book Sharing Cities and professor of urban and environmental policy and...
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Learnings from The City as a Commons series

In late March (20-28), Julian Agyeman, Tessy Britton, Gorka Espiau and Rony Jalkh joined us for The City as a Commons conference series in three Canadian cities. Throughout these two weeks of activities they participated in meetings on how to advance transformative city building and thinking. Below are some takeaways from these gatherings: To strengthen...
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Building inclusive, resilient and innovative cities: Inspiration from Boston

Why a Study Tour in Boston? Boston is home to cutting-edge initiatives in social entrepreneurship (EforAll, the MassChallenge); neighbourhood revitalization and civic innovation (The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Roxbury Innovation Center); and youth engagement and social innovation (YouthBuild, DesignX-MIT and Mission Hill School). The city also inspires practitioners who...
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